As many of you know, I really enjoy being able to combine my hobbies/crafts in my projects. This month’s project is no exception. The shop where I work participated in a Shop Hop this past weekend. The theme of the Shop Hop was “Road Trip”. Each of the participating shops created a design for a quilt block that represented a location in Colorado that could be visited on a road trip. Since there were many people in the shop at any one time, I wanted the customers to be able to readily identify the staff for any questions or requests for help. We had recently gotten a design collection that included a cute embroidered car that I decided would make an appropriate Road Trip “badge” for us to wear. I embroidered the cars and added a card stock back piece with the words “Road Trip Guide” on them. After Shop Hop was over, we pinned our cars on the border of our Road Trip quilt which was designed to look like a road.
Machine Used: KNK Force
Cardstock: Blade – Red Cap Standard Material, Blade Tension – 2 1/4, Passes – 2, Cutting Depth/Ending Depth – 40, Cutting Speed – 25, Blade Offset – .25, Closed Path Overcut – .45
Vinyl: Blade – Red Cap Standard Material, Blade Tension – 1, Passes – 1, Cutting Depth/Ending Depth – 18, Cutting Speed – 15, Blade Offset – .25, Closed Path Overcut – .45
A jewelry finding pin was hot glued to the back of the embroidered cars. The cardstock back piece was created in my Make the Cut and KNK Studio software. I used a screen captured image of the outline stitching of the car to create a silhouette of the car. I then made a slightly smaller copy of that silhouette using the Shadow Layer feature with a negative number. The bottom edge of the Shadow Layer image was extended and shaped with curves to resemble a road. The words were fit to the path of the curves at the bottom of the back piece.
A cutout was created using two circles and a skinny rectangle and Boolean joined to the backpiece. Thus the back piece could be fitted over the pin on the back side of the car and could easily be removed.